Last week, the Canadian National Holocaust Monument opened. The Monument – a stark, stylized Star of David in form — took a decade to complete at a cost of $7.2 million split between private and public donors.
“May this monument remind us to always open our arms and our hearts to those in need,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday at the opening.
The new monument is a striking set of massive concrete triangles, intended to echo the triangular patches that the Nazis made various groups wear, including “homosexuals, Roma Sinti, Jehovah’s Witnesses and political and religious prisoners that marked them for death.”
The six triangles in turn are laid out to “create the outline of a star — the star that millions of Jews were forced to wear… to exclude them from humanity and mark them for extermination.”
Original sketches of the design concept referred to a “Stairway of Hope”. Of course, this meant that the monument would also require an accessibility solution. We’ll call it the “LULA of Love”. Decked out with 2-speed stainless steel entrances, stainless steel ceiling and trim and Dove Grey laminate panels, this elevator is as beautiful as it is practical. Expertly installed by the fine professionals at Upper Canada Elevator, this Elvoron LULA elevator has captured the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for September, 2017.
Today, we name the 4th annual lift installation for the Give A Kid A Lift program as our Project of the Month for September 2014. This year, Give A Kid A Lift (GAKAL) is a collaboration between Canwest Elevator & Lifts, Easter Seals, Garaventa Lift and Enhance Your Home Renovations. The recipient is 16 year-old Wilfredo Aleman. Wilfredo waqs born in Colombia with cerebral palsy. This presented enormous difficulties for his family. Their luck began to turn when they were sponsored by Maple Leaf Foods and were able to emigrate to Canada, eventually winding up in Calgary.
Once they moved to Calgary, they discovered an excellent level of support from community groups such as the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, Family Support for Children with Disabilities, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary Cerebral Palsy and Easter Seals. Wilfredo’s mother Sofia expresses her gratitude, “I am very grateful to Easter Seals for their generosity, to Canwest for putting their heart, work and time along with Enhance Your Home Renovations and Garaventa Lift for making this dream come true.”
The Aleman Family
In April of this year, we lost a great Colombian citizen, Gabriel García Márquez. “Gabo”, as he was affectionately known, was a novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. On his death in April 2014, Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, described him as “the greatest Colombian who ever lived”. - wikipedia
Unfortunately, Mr. Márquez never had the opportunity to use the brand-new Garaventa Home Elevator installed at his residence in Cartagena. This project was completed after his passing.
The elevator features an aluminum and glass cab with full vision panels in the cab gates and full glass entrance doors. This clean, modern look is becoming more and more popular, and this installation has been named the Garaventa Lift Installation of the Month for August, 2014. Congratulations to the team at Mitsubishi Electric de Colombia (Melco de Colombia)!